To Kill a Mockingbird

In chapter 10. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mocking bird." What does it mean and how does it relate to the novel?


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In addition to bearing the title of the novel, this passage demonstrates yet again how similar Atticus and Mrs. Maudie are. Both agree quite strongly that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, an animal symbolic of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, as neither has caused harm, and prove only to have pure hearts.